Switch Up Your Plastic Routine - Changes You Can Make Today
It's time for change!
If you read our blog last week and have been following us on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll have a good idea of why we want to tackle this plastic problem. Whether you’re just starting out on your plastic free journey, or have been on this for a while, hopefully this little list of simple swaps and ideas will help keep you on track to keep looking after the environment!
Make the simple swaps
Plastic bottles, takeaway cups, toothbrushes, cotton buds and plastic straws are the easiest every day plastic swaps you can make. They are long lasting and will make a HUGE positive impact to the environment; just think about how much plastic you could refuse just by cutting it out from all of these items. It’s also a great place to start as they are inexpensive items, that will save you a lot of dollar in the long time.
Ditch the plastic bag
Remember to take reusable bags with you when you go shopping – Quick tip – if you forget or leave them in the car (we’ve all been there) supermarkets almost always have boxes free to take, if there aren’t any at the checkout look in the fruit and veg section for any spares or ask!
Offset your Carbon Footprint
This one is important to us as travellers; we are well aware that flying is bad for the planet, but when the world is such an incredible place that needs to be explored, flying can be unavoidable. So, what can we do to combat this? Pay the few extra pounds and offset your carbon footprint, or book through companies that care about the environment, and are already planting trees for each purchase.
Supporting local businesses is fantastic anyway, but even more so for the good of the globe. When shopping locally you can generally find fresher produce, it will help protect the local land and wildlife AND you can reduce your food miles, cutting down again on your carbon footprint. When buying locally, make sure you buy your fruit and veg loose rather than in pre-packed plastic – this quite often works out cheaper and means you only buy the amount you need so save on waste too.
Stop buying into Fast Fashion
Textile waste, microfibres and pesticides are an enormous problem with fast fashion. Microfibres filling the sea, old clothes ending up in landfill and polluting land with toxic chemicals is not something I want to be a part of just to buy ‘that’ dress. It’s actually easier than you might think to shop consciously – if you can’t move away from your high-street shops, don’t panic, the likes of H&M, Asos and Zara all offer eco-friendly ranges, using only sustainable materials. But if you really want to make a difference, search for the quirky brands who are pushing the boundaries and doing something innovative and entirely different. One of our favourite brands is Batoko, they sell bold and fun swimwear made from 100% recycled plastic waste.
And one for the ladies…
We know that time of the month can have a heavy impact on the environment with a lot of waste created from disposable products, which is why we are so in love with the nüdie menstrual cup. They give you much more freedom, are perfect for travelling and are far better for the environment as they last up to 10 years which could save over 2,000 disposable period products! If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the &Sisters range of feminine care available at Naked Pinecone. The nüdie period cup is super soft and made from 100% hypoallergenic, soft medical-grade silicone.
And if you’re not quite ready to make the change to a completely waste and plastic free period, try their tampons which are 100% organic cotton so are much better for you and the environment.